What Namibia Is Famous For

What Namibia Is Famous For

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Home to otherworldly, towering sand dunes, wild desert horses, rich wildlife and forgotten ghost towns buried under the (literal) sands of time, Namibia is one of Africa’s most unique countries.

This makes it a popular African travel destination, among everyone from adventure seekers to families and travel groups. Situated in southwest Africa, this fascinating country offers some of the most memorable, world-famous travel experiences around.

In this post, we look at four special attractions and natural wonders that Namibia is famous for!

1) Mighty Fish River Canyon

Namibia is home to the world’s second largest canyon in Fish River Canyon. Second only to the vast Grand Canyon in the United States, this incredible canyon, which forms part of the Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, is believed to have been formed millions of years ago.

Fish Rier Canyon - Namibia

At its deepest point, this vast canyon is some 550 metres deep, some 161 kilometres in length and roughly 27 kilometres wide.

The entrance to this amazing canyon is some ten kilometres away from the famous Hell’s Bend view point, near Hobas Rest Camp. All visitors are required to check-in here.

During summertime, due to unbearable, dangerous temperatures, the canyon is closed to hikers but between April – September, travellers and outdoor enthusiasts can hike the canyon’s trail over some 4-5 days.

However, prospective hikers should pre-book in advance if they wish to hike the Fish River Canyon hiking trail, one of southern Africa’s most well-known hiking trails.

This hiking trail covers some 85 kilometres and it is one of the most rewarding, though trying, hikes anywhere.

Note: Descent into this incredible natural wonder is reserved for those who are permitted to hike the trail.

Although day visitors are not allowed to climb down into the canyon, they can still enjoy visiting this beautiful place and marvelling at one of Namibia’s – and indeed the world’s – most famous natural attractions.

 

2) Namibia’s Treacherous Skeleton Coast

Namibia’s infamous Skeleton Coast, a fascinating yet fearsome coastal stretch, used to be one of the world’s most treacherous stretches of coastline for sailors and their ships. It is here that many ships came to die.

Although, today, the Skeleton Coast is now a somewhat easier place to visit and is loved for its desolate beauty, excellent surf (Skeleton Bay) and rich wildlife, the remnants of its past can still be seen, as ghostly shipwrecks litter its beaches and coastline.

Some of the main highlights of this incredible coastal region (which is some 40 kilometres wide and 500 kilometres in length) include the haunting shipwrecks, rich bird- and animal-life, Cape Cross Seal Reserve and the Skeleton Coast National Park to name only a few.

The Skeleton Coast National Park is divided into two parts: north and south. To protect the unique flora and fauna in this amazing naturalSkelton Coast Namibia place, park visitation is quite strictly controlled and monitored.

The southern part is considered the easier section to access and stretches from Ugab River to Torra Bay.

To explore this section from the entrance onwards, visitors require a permit. Permits can be purchased at the gate or else in the cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund.

The northern part, which is arguably the more beautiful section, can only be explored with a qualified, approved tour operator, as it is otherwise inaccessible. It runs from Torra Bay to the Kunene River near Namibia’s Angolan border.

Bird- and animal-highlights include flamingos, Cape Fur seals, Damara terns, the famous desert elephants, brown hyenas, desert lions and more.

Tip: For those who wish to explore this amazing part of Namibia, it is perhaps best to organise a guided tour and find the correct, safest way to visit.

 

3) The World-famous Sossusvlei

If you visit just one natural attraction in Namibia, make sure it is the country’s famous Sossusvlei. It comprises of both the salt-and-clay pan itself and surrounding area, including Dead Vlei, Dune 45 and Hidden Vlei.

Arguably one of Namibia’s most iconic, well-known places – and indeed one of its greatest conservation areas thanks to the Namib-Naukluft National Park (in which Sossusvlei lies) – Sossusvlei is perfect for visiting year-round.

The characteristic red sand dunes here are some of the highest anywhere in the world. They tower into the sky, as some reach 400 metres in height.

NamibiaNot only do these unique sand dunes make for incredible photography opportunities (especially at sunrise and sunset when they are particularly painted burnt orange or reddened by the sun’s rays) but they are a wonder to explore.

In the Sossusvlei area overall, there are a number of amazing local attractions worth exploring. These include the famous, otherworldly Dead Vlei (where tree skeletons stand frozen in time); Dune 45 (considered the world’s most photographed sand dune); and Big Daddy (Sossusvlei’s tallest sand dune); and of course, salt-and-clay pan, Sossusvlei itself, to name only a few.

Meanwhile, activities near this breath-taking part of Namibia include hot air balloon rides over the dunes, fascinating nature walks and quad biking in the dunes etc.

This unique desert area is easily one of the most unforgettable, inspiring outdoor attractions anywhere in the world and something that all visitors should experience at least once.

 

4) Beautiful Etosha National Park

Last but by no means least, we have the stunning Etosha National Park. This world-famous national wildlife park – which serves as the gateway between northern Namibia and Ovamboland – is one of Namibia’s most glorious attractions.

Not only is this one of the best natural conservation areas in Namibia – but Etosha National Park is also considered to be one of the most incredible parks in all of Africa.

The park is home to the largest variety of birds and mammals in Namibia. This makes it a popular place for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Because the landscape is so varied, you can see a wealth of animals, everything from lion, elephant, hyena, eland and so much more.

Add to that the beautiful private game reserves and world-class accommodation, tours and safaris that can be enjoyed in and around the park – and it really is the ultimate Namibian travel destination.

Another unique part of this park is the vast salt pan that can be found in its eastern part. This salt pan is an impressive sight to behold and provides a vital source of nutrients for the animals who call this gorgeous place home.

If you are keen to explore Namibia’s most incredible attractions, Etosha National Park definitely needs to be on that list!

 

Conclusion:

These are just some of the amazing attractions that visitors can unearth in Namibia. Which would you most love to experience?

 

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